Definition of total recall in US English:

total recall

noun

  • The ability to remember with clarity every detail of the events of one's life or of a particular event, object, or experience.

    • ‘If I had powers of total recall, or at least a video recorder, I might be able to be more informative about what the programme was supposed to convey.’
    • ‘Steve had pretty much total recall of any information his brain processed.’
    • ‘I have total recall, which is most peculiar and not a blessing.’
    • ‘Millions of Americans remember that morning as a ‘flashbulb memory,’ the vivid and total recall of a stressful, emotional and often historic event.’
    • ‘O'Hagan has total recall of that carnivalesque day.’
    • ‘He appears to have total recall of all Scott's novels, and to be familiar with all the great galleries of Europe.’
    • ‘There are no uncertainties, no reflections on the nature of memory, only total recall.’
    • ‘For total recall, visualise each location in sequence.’
    • ‘I seem to have total recall of my own childhood.’
    • ‘The only thing that seems to have come out of them so far is that our leaders don't have total recall or every scrap of information on the tip of the tongue…’
    • ‘His prodigious memory, which gave him total recall of hundreds of games, allowed him to play like a computer with nerveless precision and speed, panicking his opponents into error and despair.’
    • ‘And he had dozens, even hundreds of stories, especially with his almost total recall, of the insulting, demeaning, demoralizing, even violent realities of every day life.’
    • ‘The gloriously retired Mad Aunt claims to have total recall, and then keeps asking you what you've been talking about.’
    • ‘And it's been my experience that the test of a song's durability is whether it makes you want to come back to it again and again even when you have total recall of all its rhymes and phrases.’
    • ‘He also had almost total recall of every time we'd been together.’
    • ‘The actress, radio star and raconteur has total recall of a rich life that goes back to the beginning of the 20th century.’
    • ‘Ironically, he does have total recall of the first show his previous band, noise terrorists The Birthday Party, played in Glasgow, in the unlikely surrounds of the Pavilion Theatre.’
    • ‘But he possesses amazing recognition for pitches and total recall of pitchers' tendencies.’
    • ‘Other than that, she seems to have total recall of almost everything that's happened to her since.’
    • ‘Another was Geoffrey Elliott, who astonished his hutmates with his total recall of the intricacies of any detective novel after just one speed reading.’

Pronunciation

total recall

/ˈtōdl rəˈkôl/